Ames has been making Bazooka taping tools - which can apply tape and compound simultaneously, plus crease and cut the tape - for more than 50 years. The company says its latest model, the EasyClean Automatic Taper, is lighter and more ergonomic than previous versions. It also features an easily removable cover plate that's supposed to simplify cleanup and routine maintenance. You can rent the tool for about $4 per day from one of the company's rental locations or buy an identical model under the TapeTech brand for $1,200. Ames Taping Tools, 800/241-2771,  

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